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United States v. One Tyrannosaurus Bataar Skeleton

United States v. One Tyrannosaurus Bataar Skeleton, No. 12-cv-4760 (PKC), slip op. (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 14, 2012); related criminal case United States v. Prokopi, No. 12-cr-0981 (S.D.N.Y. filed Oct. 5. 2012).

This federal civil and criminal case against American paleontologist Eric Prokopi for illegally importing and possessing Mongolian dinosaur fossils highlights the perils of dealing in cultural heritage objects – including non-art objects – from countries, such as Mongolia, whose laws deem them to be state property. In this case, U.S. prosecutors seized a Mongolian Tyrannosaurus Bataar that Prokopi had imported and tried to sell at auction, and sought criminal penalties against him. The case was . . . .

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